They are books that had at least one idea, but in most cases more, that actually changed the trajectory of my life or the way that I act or think on a daily basis.

So, what is the meaning of the phrase daily basis and how it is different from the word daily?

  • the way I act or think in my daily life. I would not use it here at all. – Lambie Jul 10 '18 at 13:33

daily refers to frequency, like weekly or monthly.

Take this medicine twice daily, once in the morning and again at bedtime.

on a daily basis there refers to everyday life, to one's normal or usual behavior, activity, routine, or schedule, to the quotidien.

Now that you're retired, what do you do on a daily basis? Do you have any new hobbies? Do you take walks? What's it like?

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    In particular, daily is an adjective, so it modifies a noun ("a daily newspaper"), while on a daily basis is an adverbial phrase, so it modifies a verb ("I run on a daily basis"). – Mike Harris Jul 10 '18 at 11:18
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    On a daily basis is employed quite widely as the equivalent of adverbial daily, particularly in bureaucratic contexts. – StoneyB on hiatus Jul 10 '18 at 11:37
  • @MikeHarris Daily is freely deployed as an adverb, as in Tᴚoɯɐuo's first example. – StoneyB on hiatus Jul 10 '18 at 11:39
  • @StoneyB: Agreed. I was explaining how it was used in the OP's sentence. I should add a "there" there. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 10 '18 at 11:39
  • Ahh, good point @StoneyB, not sure how I missed that. – Mike Harris Jul 10 '18 at 14:15

There is no difference in meaning between the adverbs daily/hourly/weekly/monthly, &c, and the preposition phrases on a daily/hourly/weekly/monthly basis deployed as adverbials.

The PPs are superfluous and verbose, but they have virtually replaced the adverbs in most contexts. Present-Day English has become more and more uncomfortable with deploying the same word as both an adjective and an adverb, and the discomfort is exacerbated when the word has the -ly suffix, which today is 'productive' only in creating adverbs. There is consequently a strong tendency to restrict ambivalent -ly words to adjectival use and express the adverbial sense with a PP. This is true not only of these time expressions but also other -ly adjectives—friendly, for instance, is very rarely employed as an adverb today, that sense being expressed by as a friend or in a friendly manner.

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    I would say that on a daily basis in the OP refers to the "everyday" not to "every day". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 10 '18 at 11:47

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